This week, Phil, Scott, and Ben discuss a number of current tech events, including Apple's recent iMac, iLife, and iWork announcements.
Ben first discusses his current podcast activities, as well as his new company FeatureFifty. The group talks about how the "Wow Factor" has become more important in development, leading to a review of which features of the iPhone most enhance the user experience. The group also assesses the new Apple software updates and whether the features of the suites will draw more users from the Microsoft Office products.
The discussion turns to Microsoft as a company, with a review of how Microsoft gained dominance with a number of their products. How is the Apple user experience different and can Apple compete?
Scott C. Lemon is CTO of MediaForge - a next generation viral marketing and web enhancement company - and founder of HumanXtensions - an Internet R&D company. Scott's recent history in the computer industry include several small start-ups, along with being Chief Technologist at SCO, Chief Strategist at Vultus, and holding numerous positions during his four tours of duty at Novell. Scott's expertise ranges from computer and wireless hardware technologies, to networking and distributed software applications. As a futurist studying the patterns of evolution, his past experiences in operating systems - CP/M, DOS, Windows, OS/2, NetWare, UNIX, Linux and others - is allowing him to explore the new levels of abstractions provided by the Internet.
Ben Galbraith is the CEO of Feature50, a consulting company dedicated to creating compelling user experiences in software. He has delivered hundreds of technical presentations world-wide, produced several technical conferences, and co-authored over a half-dozen books. Ben has long juggled interests in both business and tech, having written his first computer program at six years old, started his first business at ten, and entered the IT workforce at twelve. Prior to Feature50, Ben co-founded and served as CEO of Ajaxian.com, CTO of Amirsys, Inc., and software architect to a variety of organizations.
This free podcast is from our Technometria with Phil Windley series.